by Steven Ertelt
January 5, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The heads of a pro-life organization that serves as a Planned Parenthood watchdog has endorsed Mike Huckabee for the Republican nomination for president. The endorsement of the two leaders of Life Decisions International comes one day before the second presidential battle in New Hampshire.
Doug Scott, the president of LDI told LifeNews.com on Monday that he thinks Huckabee is the only candidate pro-life voters "can support with confidence."
He urged pro-life advocates to "join [him] in doing all they can to advance Mike Huckabee’s campaign."
"I believe it is the responsibility of every pro-life/pro-family American to support a candidate that wholeheartedly supports life–without apology and without compromise," Scott added. "And since his positions are faith-based, one can be sure he will not sell out the pro-life movement the very lives of preborn children."
Thomas Strobhar, the chairman of the organization’s board of directors, said he’s backing the former Arkansas governor as well.
"We need to back a candidate who has a consistent record of supporting traditional values," Strobhar said. "Mike Huckabee is that kind of candidate."
"Pro-lifers have been used and abused by too many candidates that claim to be pro-life only at opportune times," Strobhar said. "Mike Huckabee is not worried which way the political wind blows. He’s the real deal."
Both made the endorsements as individuals as their organization can’t issue presidential endorsements.
Scott commented on some of the other candidates in the race and said he’s concerned that John McCain, who opposes abortion, supports making taxpayers fund embryonic stem cell research.
He said Rudy Giuliani is pro-abortion, he worries Mitt Romney’s pro-life conversion is not trustworthy, and he thinks Fred Thompson and Ron Paul won’t go beyond letting states ban abortions.
The endorsement puts LDI in league with other groups backing Huckabee, including Georgia Right to Life, Michigan Chooses Life and Tom Glessner, a leading pro-life attorney who works with crisis pregnancy centers.
Thompson has the backing of National Right to Life and 14 statewide pro-life groups, including those in New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Pro-life attorney Jim Bopp and Right to Life founder John Willke are behind Romney.